Some time ago we completed a stair for a “reproduction” vintage 100 year old stair for a farmstead in Alta, Wyoming. The scenic setting could not have been grander. Just outside of Jackson Hole this new construction represented a natural farmstead organic development over a 100 year period. Each of the buildings are period based and while there is a little bit of Disney to the design interpretations – it was so well thought out that it all makes sense and creates a magical environment.
Our role was to build a grand stair for what would represent the main house. This stair was to look and feel as if it had been built by craftsman over 100 years ago (and last for 100 more.) We started out with rough-sawn reclaimed black walnut, salvaged from a 150-year old country house in Indiana. All of this rough material was then milled in Seattle into parts that we met out on site. Our team then installed this grand stair to act as a “construction stair” for the remainder of the build. The natural and unnatural abuse this stair endured during the construction process became the patina that now gives such warmth and comfort to the entryway of this home. While the design is somewhat simple the visual impact of the newel and execution of the joinery gives a strong feel of old-world grandeur. We are quite proud to have participated on this wonderful project for such passionate clients.